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Rick Pendergraft
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Dec 09, 2020
NetApp Breaks Out of 2-Year Downward Trend

NetApp Breaks Out of 2-Year Downward Trend

Some investors prefer to focus on fundamental analysis while others prefer technical analysis. Still others prefer to use a combination of the two analysis styles. This is where Tickeron falls, using both analysis styles. In our opinion, technical factors tend to have a greater influence over the short term while fundamentals are more important over the long run.

Sometimes we see stocks with good fundamentals that enter a downward trend and have a hard time breaking out of it. That is what happened with computer hardware manufacturer NetApp (NTAP). NetApp peaked up near $82 back in September ’18—the prices on the chart below are adjusted for dividend payments. The downward cycle started and over time a trend channel formed that defined the different cycles within the overall downward trend. The stock would eventually hit a low of $33.50 back in March.

The rally off of the March low has moved NetApp back above $60 and it appears that the most recent pop has moved the stock out of the downwardly sloped channel it was caught in for two years.

I have written about NetApp several times over the last few years and I can tell you that the fundamental indicators have been good during this whole time—even as the stock was trending lower. From an article I wrote in November ’18, I can tell you that the company was averaging EPS growth of 21% per year and was expected to see earnings grow by 24% in fiscal 2019.

NetApp’s profitability measurements at the time were impressive. The return on equity was 40.6% and the profit margin was at 19.6%. The operating margin was at 17.15% back then and that was above average compared to other companies.

Flash forward to the current readings and we see that the ROE is at 141.7%, the profit margin is at 20.9%, and the operating margin is 16.6%. These are all still at very impressive levels and instead of a P/E ratio up at 94 like it was in 2018, the P/E ratio is under 20 now.

The decline in the stock caused the sentiment to shift from a slightly bearish position to an extremely bearish position over the last two years. From the article in 2018 I can tell you that there were 29 analysts following the stock with 14 “buy” ratings, 13 “hold” ratings, and two “sell” ratings. At this time there are 27 analysts covering the stock with eight “buy” ratings, 17 “hold” ratings, and two “sell” ratings. The buy percentage dropped from 48.3% to 29.6%.

Short sellers have also increased their bearish posture. In November ’18 the short interest ratio was 3.89 and now it is 8.4. The average short interest ratio falls in the 3.0 range, so the reading from two years ago was slightly higher than average and the current reading is tremendously higher than average.

In addition to the factors listed above, TIckeron's AI platform found additional bullish signals for the stock. 

Related Tickers: NTAP
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
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Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.